Grateful Dead Live at Marin County Veterans Auditorium on 1983-10-31
- Live concert
- Grateful Dead
- DeadLists Project
Source: FOB(Nak 700)>MC>DAT>CDR>WAV>SHN.
Taper: Mark Horvath. SHN encoding via C.Ladner.
- San Rafael, CA
Subject: nearly a weak show
Subject: *Sniff* *Sniff*
Not to say that that particular drug didn't lead to some fine shows, (the "Slipknot" from Philly '84 comes to mind...)
But the reality is that Jerry was an overweight diabetic at this point, and the speedballs he was doing led him to his untimely death.
If he had just stuck with the ganja and the occasional trip...
Ahh, well. Jerry, you burned too brightly for this Earth. Thanks for the incredible music you left behind.
I mourn every day that patience ran out on the junkie.
Subject: This Day in Grateful Dead History
There are so many highlights here it is difficult to know where to start, so I won't. Let's just say we get disco-bluegrass, we get jazz, we get Portuguese-Halloween-diabo-jam insanity, we get, for novelty's sake, the final St. Stephen. 2/3rds of this is played with the great Aierto Moriera; his presence is subtle but noticeable, for the rhythm section throughout his appearance has just a hint of "groundedness" - for comparison listen to the equally good but percussively 'floaty' 10/21 show at the Centrum.
The recording itself is like having the band in your living room. It literally feels like they're playing at a high-acoustics bar with about twenty people in the audience. Only when the 'hounds howl' during Rooster and, of course, those opening notes of St. Stephen do we get a chance to size up the audience, which was small, indeed, but larger than this recording would have you believe.
This is a treasure - download this, deadheads, and give the naysayers the ol' mental heave-ho.
Subject: Only Fair
Subject: Never Over rated
Got the tapes from the Garden and Hartford. Reviving St. Stephen - while it seemed to overshadow the rest of the sets/songs - never did what Dark Star would do 6 years later at Hampton.
This was - to set the record straight - the final St. Stephen. Played twice as mentioned above, this one is tighter than the other 2. And what it may lack in "Suprise" it more than makes up for in execution.
Help>slip>franklin's is not too shabby either. Brown Eyed Women and Wang Dang have already been covered as standouts from the first set.
To tie this together - I think the reverence for the band bringing back St. Stephen has prevented this from being a D.P. or whatever the vault releases are called nowdays.
I think (and again this is just MHO) that the Dark Star craze caused people to judge an entire show as 5 stars just b/c they played Dark Star.
This didn't happen w/ Stephen.
Go back and listen to the 3 shows (10/11; 10/15 and this one) and see if you can pick up the X factor that may have been fueled by St.Stephen - but nevertheless existed in the songs and threads in the sets.
God Bless and Enjoy 4 and 1/2 stars
Subject: Too Much Fun
I did so much mescaline - I remember being in the bar during intermission and asking my friend Michelle if it was just me, or do they keep flashing the lights up and down. Um, it's just you . . .
And yes, we pretty much expected St Stephen since they had just played it back east. And yes, as we awaited the encore I said the only thing they could possibly play was Revolution!
Coming outside afterwards we got a flyer for the as-yet unpublished Golden Road magazine; I sent a letter in with my subscription which was published as the first letter in the first issue (if I had thought it would be published I would have said something better).
Subject: One Of The Best
Subject: Frosty's Picks for the Hearing Impaired
7.6.84, 10.15.84, 6.19.91,
7.18.89, 6.21.84, 9.6.85,
10.12.84, 10.12.83, 11.1.85,
8.24.85, 7.31.82, 6.25.92,
8.5.89, 10.31.83, 6.26.92,
10.8.84, 12.5.81, 8.30.85,
11.5.85, 6.26.84, 8.3.82,
6.8.80, 4.3.84, 8.10.82,
3.14.81, 12.26.80, 4.15.83,
4.18.82, 10.31.91, 9.2.85,
10.14.83, 4.2.90, 4.30.90,
Please let me know if you have any show suggestions that compare to these in quality of sound. Send suggestions to email@example.com.
Subject: A fine '83 AUD
Subject: Yes, time marches on
Subject: '83s getting on
Subject: Saint StephEND
Subject: Marin Civic-creme de la creme
ps The Mecca in Milwaukee 1989 was the closest I got to have seen the Dead in a small cozy venue. To this day its my favorite indoor show that I went to and listen to still now.
Subject: Red Rooster, Deal
Subject: epic halloween!
Subject: this one
Subject: Last GD Stephen
It's a keeper too, btw.
Subject: top notch aud
now I respect the nak 700's
Subject: Last ever St Stephen?
Didn't see the show, need to check it out..
Subject: hallow's eve!!!
Subject: i concur
Subject: One of the best shows ever
This was also my favorite drums/space segment. Airto broght some weird drums to the front of the stage and Micky and Billy followed. Jerry eventually came out and jammed behind the drummers while Airto started some "happy halloween" chants. The space jam went on until Phil came out and then it was St. Stephen time. Stephen was played like the monster of a song that it was. Throwing Stones was ok but Not Fade Away was played with emotion that carried on to the crowd chanting you know our love will not fade away. Revolution was dessert after a great meal. No one left this show unhappy.
Small indoor venue and a tough ticket to find. These were also shows there were not on the dead hotline but word of mouth spread through the deadhead community to find out about these shows and many (including myself) found a connection to get into this show. Probably my peak deadhead moment with only the Dark Star at the Greek and the 20th Anniv. shows at the Greek to even come close.
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